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Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning is a cinch to prepare and ready when you are for taco night! Free from gluten, dairy, artificial flavors and colors, and preservatives.

Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning is a cinch to prepare and ready when you are for taco night! Full of spice cupboard staples and free from gluten, artificial flavors, and ingredients. | iowagirleats.com

I’ve been thinking a lot about convenience lately – or rather, little hacks that make my life easier, especially as we prepare to welcome an infant into the family again. Infants = game changers! Things like…

  • Unloading the dishwasher before heading to bed at night so I can sit next to Lincoln at breakfast the next morning, versus hustling around the kitchen.
  • Taking something up or down the stairs every time I go, versus letting things pile up at the top and bottom. On a related note, why are there constantly 500 cups upstairs?!
  • Utilizing our Nespresso. Haven’t had to run out or stop at the coffee shop for a caffeine fix in 2 months.
  • Opening and sorting the mail immediately after retrieving it from the mailbox (so hard!!)
  • Doing laundry anytime there’s a load ready versus waiting until nothing’s clean then spending all day shuffling clothes around.
  • Implementing the “2 minute rule” – if something takes less than 2 minutes, do it now vs putting it off – as often as possible.
  • Moving to online everything including bill paying, library book renewals, appointment setting, shopping (bless you, Amazon Prime.)
  • Planning out the following day the night before then packing Lincoln’s bag accordingly (cannot TELL you how much this has cut down on crazy mornings!)

I guess you could just call this being an organized adult, but hey, you’ve got to start somewhere! Also, I don’t know if this would necessarily qualify as a hack, but something that’s been making my life a whole lot easier lately is my recipe for Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning.

Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning is a cinch to prepare and ready when you are for taco night! Full of spice cupboard staples and free from gluten, artificial flavors, and ingredients. | iowagirleats.com

Since the majority of store-bought taco seasoning mixes contain gluten in the form of thickeners, and some contain dairy which is a no go for Lincoln, I always make my own homemade taco seasoning mix for taco night. Recently though I thought, you know, as much as I love making my own mix, I could save a ton of time if I didn’t have to take out 8 spice jars every time we have taco night (which is sometimes two nights a week – they’re Lincoln’s current food obsession!) Thus, large batch homemade taco seasoning was born.

I mixed and multiplied until I got just the right flavor and now have a huge jar of pre-made homemade taco seasoning mix that’s not only gluten and dairy-free, but artificial flavor and color, anti-caking agent, and preservative-free, too. Tiny victories, you guys!

Not only is this mix great for tacos, but a ton of other recipes, too!

This blend is family-friendly in that it’s not too spicy nor salty. That said, if you like a spicier taco seasoning mix, use spicy chili powder and/or add up to 2 teaspoons red chili pepper flakes. Like I said a few posts ago, I took a taco kit (seasoned cooked meat and chopped toppings + shells and chopped lettuce) to a friend with a new baby recently, and I think it’d be so fun to include a jar of large-batch homemade taco seasoning in the delivery too. Kind of like passing on the torch of sanity to someone who could use it too!

Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning is a cinch to prepare and ready when you are for taco night! Full of spice cupboard staples and free from gluten, artificial flavors, and ingredients. | iowagirleats.com

All you have to do to make this recipe is add spice cupboard staples to a jar, then shake it up. I love using mason jars, but a tupperware container would work just fine too.

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Chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and dried oregano – that’s it!

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To use the seasoning mix, brown 1lb ground meat then add 2 – 2-1/2 Tablespoons seasoning with 1/3 cup broth (any kind) then simmer until the broth has thickened and reduced, 1-2 minutes. Easy. As. That.

Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning is a cinch to prepare and ready when you are for taco night! Full of spice cupboard staples and free from gluten, artificial flavors, and ingredients. | iowagirleats.com

Enjoy this little way to make life a lot easier!

Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning

Description

Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning is a cinch to prepare and ready when you are for taco night! Free from gluten, dairy, artificial flavors and colors, and preservatives.

Ingredients

Makes ~1 cup (enough for 8lbs ground meat)

  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 Tablespoons cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon finely ground pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients together then store in an airtight container or jar with a tight fitting lid.
  2. To use: brown 1lb ground meat then add 2 - 2-1/2 Tablespoons taco seasoning mix plus 1/3 cup broth (any kind) and simmer until broth has thickened, 1-2 minutes.

Notes

  • This taco seasoning blend is mild - medium in heat as written. Add up to 2 teaspoons red chili pepper flakes and/or spicy chili powder for a spicier blend.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

Large Batch Homemade Taco Seasoning is a cinch to prepare and ready when you are for taco night! Full of spice cupboard staples and free from gluten, artificial flavors, and ingredients. | iowagirleats.com